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Deterministic Earthquake Hazard Assessment for Baku, AzerbaijanNormal access

Author: G. Babayev
Event name: 73rd EAGE Conference and Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2011
Session: Geophysics for Geohazards & Environment
Publication date: 23 May 2011
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20149291
Organisations: SPE, EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 317.45Kb )
Price: € 20

A rapid growth of population, intensive civil and industrial building, land and water instabilities (e.g. landslides, significant underground water level fluctuations), and the lack of public awareness regarding seismic hazard contribute to the increase of vulnerability of Baku (the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan) to earthquakes. In this study, we assess an earthquake hazard in the city in terms of the surface peak ground acceleration, PGA). The earthquake hazard assessment provides useful information to identify the factors influencing the risk. A deterministic seismic hazard for Baku is analysed for four earthquake scenarios: near, far, local, and extreme events. The seismic hazard models demonstrate the level of ground shaking in the city: PGA high values are predicted in the southern coastal and north-eastern parts of the city and in some parts of the downtown. The PGA attains its maximal values for the local and extreme earthquake scenarios. The pattern of peak ground acceleration for all earthquake scenarios contributes to the seismic risk assessment study, aiming to mitigate its level in the future in the Baku city.

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